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Behavior and Social Issues

, Volume 11, Issue 1, pp 49–64 | Cite as

On Certain Assumptions Underlying Contemporary Educational Practices

  • J. MooreEmail author
Special Section: Education

Abstract

Education is one of the most important services a culture can provide for its citizens, yet certain of the educational practices in our contemporary culture are predicated on mentalistic and ultimately counterproductive assumptions about (a) the nature of students’ intellectual skills and (b) the process called learning as it applies to the classroom. Behavior analysis has its own set of assumptions about educational matters based on its view of verbal behavior, particularly concerning equivalence relations.

Key words

education culture contingencies dispositional attributions 

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© Behaviorists for Social Responsibility 2001

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Dept of PsychologyUniversity of Wisconsin-MilwaukeeMilwaukeeUSA

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